By Timothy R. Gleason, Ph.D., Chair
The Department of Journalism is marking several milestones for the semester as its holiday celebration approaches to recognize fall graduates. The celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Reading Room. Department Chair Dr. Tim Gleason shared some highlights for the semester:
Public relations major “turns one”
- Our first year of the new Public Relations Major (previously an emphasis) has enhanced the visibility of our program, especially among freshmen. We’re enjoying meeting with these students as they explore this exciting major.
- We happily welcomed a new assistant professor of public relations, Dr. Kristine Nicolini, to our faculty. Dr. Nicolini recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and brings significant professional and teaching experience. She’s already added some innovative approaches, such as panel teaching formats in Case Studies of Public Relations and CisionPoint PR software, in her first semester on the job.
- Students in The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter participated in the PRSSA National Conference in Indianapolis. They won the Star Chapter Award, and their advisor, Dr. Sara Hansen, won the national Outstanding Faculty Adviser Teahan Award.
Advertising advances with national program
- Advertising students participated in the Insight+Interaction: Student Advertising Career Conference at the Chicago Portfolio School sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Students attended sessions from industry speakers on branding to analytics, breakout sessions on job paths for different ad agency roles and a networking event with recruiters.
- Ad Club hosted sessions to expand design skills and prepare students for the National Student Advertising Competition. The club hosted journalism alum Brody Karmenzind, an ad account manager at Facebook, at the Dec. 5 meeting.
Writing/editing and visual curriculum expanding… and more awards
- Our growth with the Interactive Web Management interdisciplinary program contributed to an additional section of Writing for the Media for spring, as this is a core course for online content development.
- Staff for the Advance-Titan traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention, where they won 9th place for Best Overall Website. Their adviser, Dr. Vince Filak, won the College Media Association’s Distinguished Newspaper Adviser of the Year for his work with the student newspaper.
- Our Society of Professional Journalists Chapter continued its movie series and arranged for a well-attended tour of the Oshkosh Northwestern, where students met the editorial staff, including alumna Noell Dickmann. The chapter also won first place in the window–decorating competition that is part of homecoming.
- Photo Club is beginning a rephotography project on campus. Members will be using old photos of campus for inspiration and to see how campus has changed.
- The department welcomed Doug Sundin as an adjunct instructor for Media Photo I this fall. Mr. Sundin is the photography/videography services manager at University Marketing and Communications. Dr. Gleason will be returning to Media Photography I in Spring 2017.
Faculty and staff activities
- Faculty members reported research relevant to the presidential campaign. Dr. Gleason and Dr. Hansen published an article about President Obama, visual rhetoric, and branding in the Howard Journal of Communications. Dr. Hansen and Dr. Shu-Yueh Lee presented research on the Donald Trump campaign at a national journalism conference in Minneapolis in August.
- Nicolini presented two collaborative research projects at the National Communication Association convention in Philadelphia in November. The first study examined parental mediation and children’s media consumption behaviors. The second paper focused on the emerging transition from cross-cultural to inter-cultural communication.
- Faculty members Timothy Gleason and Sara Hansen nominated Cindy Schultz for the University Staff Senate STAR award for service going above and beyond to the department. Schultz received the award in July 2016.
- Cindy Schultz is active in CivilityWorks on campus. In the fall, she manages the Bare Essentials Campaign where campus is urged to donate clothing and food for St. Vincent DePaul and Oshkosh Area Food Pantry for back to school needs for the Oshkosh community. Additionally, she spearheads the Be The Change We Need loose change drive to collect funds for the Day by Day Warming Shelter. This year the campus community was able to raise over $437 that was matched by an anonymous donor from the greater Oshkosh community.
The Department of Journalism is thankful to be celebrating the wrap of another great year. Come celebrate with us, and congratulate our December graduates starting their new roles as media professionals. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!